Arts News

Playwright presents the Catholic Church, world in human terms

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How much truth does it take to really set us free? A young journalist, a Latin American cardinal and the ghosts of his past set out to answer this difficult question about sin and redemption on the eve of a conclave that could well see the cardinal elected pope in the new play Omission.

Producer Pete Shilaimon captures his faith in films

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If faith is meant for all people, then it is also meant for the box office.

Priest follows the trail of three wise men

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When the story of Jesus’ birth is told in the same breath as the story of Santa Claus and Frosty the Snowman, it’s easy for the greatest story ever told to lose its weight as historical truth.

Sermon on the screen: Priest plays himself in 'Lady Bird'

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WASHINGTON – Part of a voice-over in the trailer for "Lady Bird" – playing over scenes from the movie and in between dialogue – comes from a homily delivered to Catholic high school students attending a school Mass in the beginning of the movie.

Nativity story takes a look at the wild side

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The story of Christmas has long been a classic. 

Seeing the nativity story from the animals’ point of view … well, that’s another story altogether, though the director of animated film The Star has hopes for it becoming a classic, too. 

Poetry book a bittersweet dream come true

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It was always Rani Rivera’s dream to become a published poet, much like her mother Patria. What she didn’t know was that her dream would come true after her own death.

Granddaughter sheds fresh light on Dorothy Day

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Opening up the family vault for public scrutiny is never easy, even when your grandmother is considered a saint by many people.

Art experts solve Renaissance mystery in papal palace

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VATICAN CITY – Two works painted by Renaissance master Raphael have been newly identified after art experts restored famous frescoes in the Apostolic Palace of Vatican City.

Syriac Christian artist calls paintings of war 'a cry for help'

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LANCASTER, England – A huge plume of grey smoke billows into a vivid blue sky as rooftops and buildings buckle into twisted iron and debris and then begin to fall. Beneath the smoke, human wreckage of the blast is visible: faces of victims contorted in pain and others dead, lying in pools of their own blood.

Man builds replica of St. Peter's Square with 36,000 toothpicks

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VATICAN CITY – The Eiffel Tower, the Roman Coliseum, the Statue of Liberty, the Taj Mahal; are just some of the universal monuments that a Colombian teacher makes to scale out of little wooden sticks (toothpicks).